History of NMUG’s Yahoo Discussion Group

 

Revised on 2/18/14

 Naples MacFriends User Group (NMUG and Naples MUG) created the NMUG Discussion Group on Yahoo early in 2003 to provide a facility for NMUG members to share their computer knowledge and to aid members in solving computer problems.  The Discussion Group has been and continues to be a valuable asset for NMUG members.

Two important decisions were made about the structure:

1.   The Discussion Group would be a closed group, limited to NMUG members.  This has precluded “spammers” and others from latching onto our e-mail addresses and flooding our inboxes with “junk”.  It also means that comments, questions and answers are attributable to a specific NMUG member.

2.   The group was NOT set up with an active “Moderator”.  A moderator reviews each message for appropriateness and permits it to be posted or passes the message back to the originator for correction.  The club depends upon the good sense and responsibility of each member.

 Examine Discussion Group Messages

NMUG’s Yahoo Discussion Group retains an on-line Archive of past messages sent and received by NMUG members.  The current archive contains almost 7000 messages.

An extensive description of the methods available (to NMUG members) to examine these messages is provided at a linked site.  Click here for the details.

 Manage delivery of Discussion Group Messages

When you have a Yahoo ID you have the ability to manage how NMUG’s Discussion Group Messages are sent to you.  This will be covered in more detail but there are 4 options that you can set.  Click here for the details.

 Too Many messages? Get in control of them

The Discussion Group is very active. This means that there are many messages sent out by Yahoo each day. They don’t have to fill your Inbox. Instead the use of a dedicated mailbox for NMUG messages and Mail Rules can bring order from chaos.

Click HERE to link to a descriptive article on how to set create the mailbox and the Rules.

 When Responding to Discussion Group Messages

The Rules and Special mailbox tips covered in the above section properly gives guidance on the incoming, received email messages. BUT the problem of Too Many Messages often arises from bad habits on the part of our members

Don’t SPAM the group with unnecessary messages. Click HERE for guidance on good practices to follow.

 New NMUG Members

New members receive an “Invitation” to join the Discussion Group via an e-mail message from the moderator of the group.  A full description of the invitation process is at this link.  Click here for a step-by-step illustration of the enrollment process.

If you are a new member, the NMUG welcomes you and encourages you to complete the Discussion Group enrollment process.

It is preferred that members use the e-mail address recorded in the Club’s database for their Discussion Group messages.  This is to help assure that only NMUG members are participating.

Upgrade to Full Capability

Some NMUG members have a limited function “membership” in the Discussion Group that restricts them to only submitting and receiving messages.  They do not have the benefit of Examining Messages detailed above.  Neither do they have the capability to Manage the Delivery of Messages detailed above.

Two procedures to Upgrade their membership to full capability are detailed in the following link.  Click here for more information.

NMUG uses a Members Only, email based discussion group for members to ask questions about computer issues. The questions are shared with club members.

If you are an NMUG member and have joined the Discussion Group:

    Send email questions to

NaplesMUG@YahooGroups.COM

Another value of participating  in the Discussion Group is the ability to search through thousands of messages that may be relevant.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to see how you can search the responses.  You can NOT access this information if you are not an NMUG member and not a member of the Discussion Group.

This link (click here) will take you to the Discussion Group.  Then log in to search the archive of questions and answers. Guidance on search methods are provided near the bottom of this page.

If you are an NMUG member BUT NOT yet a Discussion Group member you can enroll in Discussion Group membership by sending an email message to

NaplesMUG-Subscribe@YahooGroups.COM

This will initiate a series of email messages from Yahoo.


The most important is the one where you create a message asking to join the Discussion Group.  Make sure to provide your name in the body of the messageso the club knows you are a member and not a Spam Generator.

Don’t mention how long you have been an NMUG member; give the name the club knows you as.

The NMUG Discussion Group is very active.  You may want to use Mail’s Rules to move the messages to a NMUG Messages folder.

The rule moves the messages from your InBox to the designated destination.

The link below should provide almost all information that new NMUG members may face in signing up for the Discussion Group or that current members have about the Discussion Group.  If  you have questions about the procedure for joining or how to maximize your benefit work your way through the linked pages. Click HERE

NMUG’s Discussion Group Home page shows recent and past interaction

 

You can use “Group by Topic” to view related messages or Search

The Search box locates messages specific to the query. Advanced offers more complex queries.